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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth White Narrator: Alison Elliott Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Belle Prater Series Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780307206329
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Belle Prater is missing. Since she inexplicably disappeared about a year ago, her son, Woodrow, has been living with his grandparents, next door to his cousin Gypsy. The two are best friends, joined by their adventurous sprits and shared love of stories and magic. One night they receive a puzzling phone call, which provides a clue that sends Gypsy and Woodrow on a mission to find Belle. Joining them is Cassie Caulborne, the new girl in school, who, like Woodrow and Gypsy, has experienced the loss of a parent. She is also endowed with a valuable gift--she knows things, things that happened in the past and reveal themselves to her in dreams. Their quest leads them out of their sheltered life in Coal Station, Virginia, and eventually back to Woodrow's home in Crooked Ridge. On the road they meet new people with their own stories to tell. One is Joseph, who has to sit at the back of the buss because he is black. The young people join him in the rear and learn that he, too, is on a search--for his father. They help one another to find what they're looking for and gain friendship along the way.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Readers who have longed for a follow-up to White's Newbery Honor Book Belle Prater's Boy will be delighted with this fine sequel, in which the search for Woodrow's missing mother continues. . . . Characterization, dialogue, and setting are among White's many literary
    strengths, and she doesn't disappoint here.
    Booklist, Starred
  • All of the readers who longed to know what happened to Woodrow Prater's mom from the Newbery Honor Belle Prater's Boy will be deeply satisfied by this elegantly conceived sequel with its tiny glints of magic. Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kesha | 2/12/2014

    " I did not expect the splendid original to garner a sequel since Woodrow's explanation of Belle's disappearance was a sound one. White did a great job of continuing the story while maintaining the appeal of the beloved first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/25/2014

    " Not as good as the first. Still entertaining, but I thought, a bit contrived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 12/2/2013

    " You won't be dissappointed by this sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lola | 11/21/2013

    " I'm giving this a strong 3.5. A wonderful sequel, however, I wanted a stronger presence of the two main characters Woodrow and Gypsy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 10/16/2013

    " Mom left mysteriously. Boy misses mom. Boy rides bus. Boy makes friends. Boy gets lice. Mom comes back. Zzzzzz... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/14/2013

    " I came to love Belle Prater's Boy and was pretty excited to find a sequel. Charming and heart warming. Glad the author wrote it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 10/6/2013

    " I am very sad that this is the last book about Gypsy and Woodrow. I will miss them very much. I really enjoy Ruth White's writing and her choice of time and setting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 9/17/2013

    " Belle Prater just mysteriously disappeared. Nobody saw her leave. She left her little boy and husband. Belle loved her little boy, but she thought she just had to go. Windrow, the little boy, went looking for his mom when he got older. It became an adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 9/11/2013

    " Realistic Fiction--family, mystery, identity. Sequel to Belle Prater's boy. Listened to the audio version while driving to Klickitat. Enjoyed the author interview at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy | 8/26/2013

    " Young boy in search of his mother. OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Zieman | 8/9/2013

    " Would have liked it if the time continuity from "Belle Praters boy" had been followed. Wonder why it wasn't. Plus ending lackluster, if she was going to "fly" she should have been a trapeze artist not playing the piano. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherice | 7/23/2013

    " Nice follow-up to the Newberry-acclaimed Belle Prater's Boy. I enjoyed the characters and the depiction of the 50's in the south. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 babyhippoface | 7/1/2013

    " I didn't love this one as much as the first, but still, it's very good. Such memorable characters.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/1/2013

    " I picked up this book because the cover looked interesting. Woodrow and his cousin Gypsy go looking for Woodrow's mother who disappeared a year ago. The story was interesting and I didn't realize until I started that this was a sequel, but it was a great book even without having read the first one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/31/2013

    " Not as well-written as Belle Prater's Boy, but still sweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa A. | 11/22/2012

    " I liked this story, but I was a bit disappointed on the whereabout of Belle Prater. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 11/22/2012

    " Sequel to Belle Paters boy where Woodrow and his cousin, Gypsy and their new friends Cassie and black 13 yr old Joseph search for Belle Prater "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 10/23/2012

    " It was charming. I still loved the characters as much as I did in the first but it wasn't the same. I wished there had been more of Belle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tal | 1/30/2012

    " this book was just ok. the first book was much better. i was kinda disappointed in the ending. it just seemed thrown together. at least we know what happened to belle now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tanya ^_^ | 10/12/2011

    " this is so sad, but so good at the same time. but you have ot read the first one first. it's belle prater's boy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 8/18/2011

    " I liked how this story answers the questions about Belle Prater - but doesn't give it all away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 4/11/2011

    " This sequel wasn't nearly as good as the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 4/7/2011

    " henry and i read this together. it is a Mark Twain nominee for 2007-2008 and is a nice book about friendship during heated, racial times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 2/27/2011

    " This sequel to Belle Prater's Boy is very good for a sequel. She says, damning it with faint praise. It's funny, but not as funny as the first, and the messages are a little too overt for my tastes. Solid writing and satisfying ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/21/2011

    " I liked this story, but I was a bit disappointed on the whereabout of Belle Prater. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 4/1/2010

    " You won't be dissappointed by this sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 3/6/2010

    " I liked how this story answers the questions about Belle Prater - but doesn't give it all away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 2/24/2010

    " Belle Prater just mysteriously disappeared. Nobody saw her leave. She left her little boy and husband. Belle loved her little boy, but she thought she just had to go. Windrow, the little boy, went looking for his mom when he got older. It became an adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaylee | 1/22/2010

    " This is a really good book, I would call it historical fiction! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherice | 12/17/2009

    " Nice follow-up to the Newberry-acclaimed Belle Prater's Boy. I enjoyed the characters and the depiction of the 50's in the south. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 10/21/2009

    " This sequel wasn't nearly as good as the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 10/8/2009

    " I really liked this book. I didn`t like the ending though. It just leaft stuff unanswered. Did Belle go live with her parents or did she finally decide to move back to Crocked Ridge? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 7/25/2009

    " It was charming. I still loved the characters as much as I did in the first but it wasn't the same. I wished there had been more of Belle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy | 3/5/2009

    " Young boy in search of his mother. OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 11/8/2008

    " Realistic Fiction--family, mystery, identity. Sequel to Belle Prater's boy. Listened to the audio version while driving to Klickitat. Enjoyed the author interview at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 7/4/2008

    " I am very sad that this is the last book about Gypsy and Woodrow. I will miss them very much. I really enjoy Ruth White's writing and her choice of time and setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tanya ^_^ | 5/23/2008

    " this is so sad, but so good at the same time. but you have ot read the first one first. it's belle prater's boy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 4/7/2008

    " henry and i read this together. it is a Mark Twain nominee for 2007-2008 and is a nice book about friendship during heated, racial times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/16/2008

    " Not as good as the first. Still entertaining, but I thought, a bit contrived. "

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About the Author
Ruth White is the author of Sweet Creek Holler, an ALA Notable Book, Weeping Willow, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Belle Prater's Boy, a Newbery Honor Book.
About the Narrator

Alison Elliott is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress, who is best known for her roles in feature films such as Underneath, The Spitfire Grill, The Wings of the Dove, and Birth.